Post-2015 Development Agenda


The next era of human development: UNICEF and the Post-2015 Development Agenda

For over a decade, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have been a guiding force on many issues affecting the lives of children, young people and their families.  Much progress has been made in reducing preventable child deaths, getting more children into schools (including girls), reducing extreme poverty and in ensuring more people have access to safe water. 

That being said, much work remains – both on the unfinished and continuing agenda of the MDGs and in addressing critical issues not adequately covered by the MDGs. 

The MDGs are set to expire in the year 2015, and, while the focus needs to remain on continuing to achieve progress on these goals, individual citizens and development actors alike are already thinking about what the next era of development – post-2015 – should look like.

UNICEF is firmly committed to ensuring that children remain at the centre of the next development agenda, as they have been with the MDGs.  Furthermore, UNICEF believes that an equity-based approach is essential to ensure that the most disadvantaged children and families are fully included in future development progress.  Finally, as the next development agenda will need to integrate the three core dimensions of sustainable development – the social, the economic and the environmental – the central message must be that sustainable development starts with safe, healthy and well-educated children.




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